Lea Ciavarra G’95, principal of Lubrano Ciavarra Architects PLLC, is a licensed architect in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, with a minor in art and art history, from Colgate University and a master’s degree in architecture at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. Ciavarra teaches design studios at New York Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University School of Architecture.
She served as a full-time faculty member of the SU School of Architecture from 1995–1997, one year of which was in Florence, Italy as director of the SUSoA Pre-Architecture Program. After several years practicing in New York City, she co-founded the firm Lubrano Ciavarra Architects with Anne Marie Lubrano. The firm’s work has been published in Travel + Leisure, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, and Architectural Record, among other publications, and the principals have lectured at Florida International University School of Architecture, Colgate University, Dalhousie University, and Packer Collegiate Institute. The firm holds a Women-Owned Business Enterprise certification in New York City and New York State.
Since winning Phase One of the Chicago Public Schools Design Competition, the firm has been involved in many school design, renovation, and construction projects, including independent schools, public or NYC School Construction Authority schools, and charter schools. A list of school or education-related clients includes East New York Preparatory Charter School, The Plymouth Church School, The International School of Brooklyn, and The Equity Project Charter School. Ciavarra’s involvement with start-up charter schools led to an invitation to her from Mayor Bloomberg’s New York City Center for Charter School Excellence to collaborate on creating the manual Facilities Planning Guide: Outlining Public & Private Solutions for Your Facilities Needs.
Lubrano Ciavarra Architects does high-end boutique hotel work, as well as large-scale affordable-housing renovation work. Projects include the Mondrian South Beach Hotel Residences in Miami, the Hudson Hotel in NYC, and the federally-funded HUD housing complex, Taino Towers, in East Harlem.